J-pop idol groups, Arashi and AKB48, have help set a new record in singles sales according to Oricon. For the 9/6 weekly rankings, this year’s total (dating from 2009.12.28-2010.8/29) has exceeded 34,087,000,000 yen.  It’s been a whole five years since the fiscal year numbers have been surpassed.  This surge was due in large part to Arashi’s “Troublemaker” (ranked no.1 during the week of 9/6 and sold 696,000 copies) and AKB48’s “Ponytail and chou-chou” (ranked no.3 and sold 630,000 copies).

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